School leavers

Here you will find accommodation options and application information for school leaver students undertaking their first year of tertiary studies at the University of Auckland.

Definition of a school leaver applicant

You are completing/have completed in 2017, or have previously completed in 2016, your last year at a New Zealand high school (or international equivalent).

Where can you stay?

The communities that make up our halls of residence provide a lasting impression with students, creating memories that last a lifetime.

Our halls of residence offer you:

  • a fantastic student lifestyle
  • academic and pastoral support
  • an organised social programme of events
  • excellent study and living facilities
  • the chance to build lifelong friendships with people from all over New Zealand and the world.

At University Hall Towers & Apartments, O'Rorke Hall, and Whitaker Hall your meals are provided and served daily in the dining hall, and is included in your fees.

At Huia Residence you are given the choice between cooking for yourself in the communal kitchens, or signing up to one of two meal plans (at an additional cost), which are also served in the dining hall daily.

Disability options

O'Rorke Hall and University Hall provide suitable facilities, including wheelchair access and specially fitted bathrooms. Guide dogs can also be accommodated at O'Rorke Hall.

Note: Both residences involve a climb uphill from campus.

Please ensure you provide all relevant details of your disability on your application form so our staff can meet your needs.

The University of Auckland Student Disability Services has useful information about the University support available to you.

Residence comparison chart

The chart below lists the residences available to school leaver applicants only.

Before you begin your application

You should have the following information available.

  • Have decided which hall of residence you wish to apply for (you can only select one preference).
  • You’ll need your most recent academic results (Year 12 NCEA, IB or CIE, or Year 13 if you have already left school).
  • NSN (National Student Number ) if you have one.
  • Your proposed course of study at the University of Auckland.
  • Details for your emergency contact (name, address, phone number/s and email address).

Note: In addition to the online application, school leaver applicants (who attended a NZ high school in your final year) are also required to provide a CCRF (Common Confidential Reference Form) from their school. These are usually completed by a teacher, careers advisor or principal, and forwarded to us directly by the school.

To have your application considered for a first offer, you must ensure your school has sent us your completed CCRF no later than September 15, 2017.

  • Request a CCRF to be completed by your school (if you haven't already done so).
  • We don’t require references from school leaver applicants who completed their final year of high school overseas.

About you - application questions

The following five questions are asked on the 'About You' section of the School Leaver application. As there is an inactivity timeout period on the application form, we suggest that you consider writing your answers to the below questions in a word document so you can copy and paste your answers across.

Note:  Answers for each question can be no longer than 1500 characters – approximately 250 words.

  1. Tell us about yourself. How do you interact with new people? Are you sociable, or do you prefer to spend time on your own? What is your study/sleep pattern (i.e. do you like to stay up late and study)?
  2. Why have you chosen the course of study you plan to undertake at the University of Auckland? What are your aspirations based on your proposed study?
  3. What are your expectations of living in a hall of residence? Why should you be selected to live in this hall? How do you feel about living away from home? What will you be able to contribute to the hall you live in?
  4. What sports, recreational or community/volunteer activities are you involved in? Have you had your 5 minutes of fame – received any awards, made headlines?
  5. Is there any other information about you, you may want us to be aware of, that will help us place you in accommodation that is appropriate to you?